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College Sports Notes
Spartans on the run
St. Thomas Aquinas College sophomore George Erazo of North Babylon lowered his National qualifying time to a 48.80 in the 400-meter run at the Gotham Cup at the New Balance Track and Field Center in northern Manhattan.
Erazo finished as the top Division II runner and placed sixth overall in the competition.
Freshman Alex Andre of North Rockland set a school record in the 1,000 with a time of 2:32.78 which beat the previous record of 2:35.44 held by Gary "Einar" Brissing.
Keeley Bateman, a sophomore from Pearl River, clocked a school-record 3:03.98 to finish 14th in the women’s 1,000.
Rookie Catherine Sandkuhl of North Babylon also lowered her own school record in the 400 with a time of 1:01.20, good for 23rd overall.
The Spartans of Coach Lorne Marcus return to the New Balance Track and Field Center on Jan. 20 to compete in the Great Dane Classic.
Shepard, Marte in the swim
Sophomore Andrew Shepard of West Nyack continued his standout season in the distance freestyle events as the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s men’s swimming team lost to Mount Saint Mary College, 71-49, in Newburgh.
Shepard, an alum of Clarkstown South, finished second in the 1,000-yard event with a time of 12:30.47, and then won the 500-yard race in 5:56.26.
Also standing out was freshman Alex Marte of Yonkers, who posted a double victory in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.03) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.59).
The setback dropped the Dolphins to 1-7 in dual-meet competition, and 0-4 against Skyline Conference opponents.
The Dolphins return to the pool on a winter training trip to Florida, before resuming the schedule on Jan. 27 against Drew University in Madison, NJ, at 6 p.m.
Also competing for the Dolphins is freshman Juan Espinal of New Rochelle, in the backstroke and freestyle events.
The women’s team, which continues to struggle, lost to Hunter, 102-80, at the Mark Twain Pool Complex in Yonkers.
The Dolphins (1-10), who are also on a Florida training trip, hope to start something new on Jan. 21 when they meet Drew University in Madison, N.J.
Hunter (9-3) was led by siblings Juliette and Charlotte Collazo of Monsey, who are graduates of Spring Valley High School.
Charlotte, a freshman, was victorious in the 50-yard freestyle against the Dolphins, and helped the Hawks win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Juliette, second in the 100-yard backstroke, was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay quartet.
Hunter hosts John Jay College (4-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the North pool.
Breaking into the lineup
Freshman guard Bergelis Louis of Nyack, a graduate of Ramapo HS, has appeared in four games for the women’s basketball team at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The Bloodhounds (4-9) host York College (1-12) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Jamaica at the York PE and Rec Center.
Sport: Boys Basketball (Friday)
Game: Spring Valley vs. Pearl River
Highlights: Joe Clinton and Austin O’Toole each had 17 points to lead the Pirates in the overtime victory. Rickey McGill had 18 points for Spring Valley in the loss.
Sport: Girls Basketball (Friday)
Game: Spring Valley vs. Pearl River
Highlights: Amanda DeCourcey led Pearl River with 16 points in the win. Regina Wilson led all scorers with 21 points in the loss.
Sport: Girls Basketball (Saturday)
Game: Albertus Magnus vs. Liverpool
Score: Albertus Magnus Won 50-43
Highlights: Kelly Guarino led Albertus Magnus with 19 points and Maeve Parahus added 18 in the win.
Sport: Ice Hockey (Saturday)
Game: Clarkstown vs. Pearl River
Score: Clarkstown Won 4-2
Highlights: With second place in the county on the line, Mitch LeSueur picked up two goals for Clarkstown in the win while goaltender Jonathan Chin made 17 saves. Mike Henry and Patrick Burns scored the two Pearl River goals.
Sport: Boys Basketball (Sunday)
Game: Albertus Magnus vs. Clarkstown South
Highlights: Albetus Magnus was led by Jack Sullivan’s 18 while Patrick McGuinness and Tyler Sayre had 14 points each in the first round of the Martin Luther King Holiday Tournament at Albertus. Matthew Brenner led the Viking with nine points in the loss.
Sport: Girls Basketball (Sunday)
Game: Albertus Magnus vs. Notre Dame
Score: Notre Dame Won 71-63, giving the Falcons only their second loss of the season.
In Boys Basketball, Pearl River heads to Suffern at 3 p.m.
In Girls Basketball, Pearl River heads to Ursuline at 1 p.m.
In Winter Track, Pearl River began competiing in Suffern Invitational at RCC at 8:30 a.m. this morning.
In Boys Basketball, Albertus Magnus will take on at 4 p.m.